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A Little History

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Before I start talking about the future, I'd like to tell
you a little about my history in the mobility industry.
It started out with a lucky connection, which set me
on a path that I'm continuing 30 years later.
When I was a college student looking for a summer job, I went knocking on doors at a business park
near my home. The only door that opened for me was
at Merrill Lynch Relocation Management. And that
company hired me when I graduated.
After five years, I was offered a job with
The Principal Financial Group and relocated
myself from Connecticut to Des Moines, Iowa.
A few years later, I moved back East for a job
with Goldman Sachs. Over the years I have
worked with Mercer, Thomson Reuters, and
WorleyParsons. Today I work with EY, which
specializes in consulting, assurance, strategy and
transactions, and tax services.
During my career, I have visited more than 45
countries and had the great opportunity to live
with my family in London for five years. I can
truly say I have seen all sides of our responsibilities,
all the benefits, and all the demands of supporting
a worldwide workforce.

The Pandemic, and a Year to Reset
We are constantly responding to change: Whether
it is caused by geopolitical issues, economic ups
and downs, new competitors, or new technology,
remaining flexible is essential. In fact, disruption
often spurs innovation that serves us well.
But 2020 was beyond anything we've experienced. Borders slammed shut around the globe.
Our ability to travel, even domestically, was greatly
reduced. And those on foreign assignments experienced many restrictions.
But even 2020's drastic changes give us
opportunities.
With fewer people moving internationally and
changing jobs, we can take some time to reexamine
our role and do a reset. We can not only address
the immediate challenges of the pandemic, but we
can look at some of the long-term trends facing
international organizations.

This year offers new potential for mobility
professionals to integrate their work with essential
business functions-and more firmly position our
seats at the table.

Mobility in the Time of COVID
The first response of organizations and nations to
the coronavirus was to find ways to keep employees and residents safe.
Some businesses immediately removed personnel
from hot spots and relocated them to other cities,
even as border shutdowns required others to remain
in one location long after their planned departure.
Individual organizations were able to move
quickly to keep the work flowing. But any sudden
change has unintended consequences-which is
where Worldwide ERCĀ® members were able to help.
Changing workforce strategies brings up a host
of compliance issues specific to individual nations
and industries. If an expat remains in a country
long past her planned stay, what does that mean
with respect to the host government?
What if a company suddenly moves an employee
to a different country to avoid COVID-19
outbreaks or pending border closures? Do these
employees have permission to be working where
they are? What other immigration issues may
come into play?
Similarly, what problems come up when work once
being done in an Asian capital is now being performed remotely from a city in the U.S.? What are
the employee's income tax obligations, and what are
the employer's corporate tax responsibilities? Who
covers health care and retirement benefits?
In 2020, mobility professionals stepped in to
help companies anticipate the many implications
of personnel changes related to COVID-19. We
alerted corporate managers to a checklist of issues
that can be triggered by these sudden disruptions.
We also gave them pathways to prevent liabilities
related to compliance while making sure employees received the benefits and legal protections to
which they were entitled.
During the next year, we can work on expanding and formalizing these procedures for use in


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